Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. Thomas Merton
Meditation: God came into our world in the form of a baby, born by an unwed teenage girl, in a stable, far from home, without healthcare and without a heating device or even diapers. What an amazingly mind boggling truth! As we are awaiting Christmas, our current political reality leaves absolutely no room for a child born like this. There are no provisions. Food stamps, health insurance subsidies, affordable housing – all are being significantly cut. Instead, our political leaders act dementedly and fill the Inn with wealthy visitors who can make “a business deal” with them. Fundamentalist and Prosperity Christians are becoming leading political influences. There is absolutely no room for a God who was born and who died poor. Our government with its decisions disinvites God himself. And yet, the Good News is once again, that God comes surprisingly and uninvited. He does not need much. A stable, a few pieces of cloth, loving arms to receive him and people who are willing to see in Jesus God’s arriving presence. Oh, how we are waiting, especially this year. Especially after all the demented leadership that leaves no room for truth. Oh, how we are waiting!
Prayer: Gracious God, our current political leaders try to pretend You have come for the wealthy. They justify their improper business dealings with a prosperity gospel. They talk about You as if You are the guarantor for the rich becoming even richer, while their theology and business dealings are demented and deceiving. God, please, come into this mess. Come uninvited. Come and speak truth to insanity. Come and let us witness once again that You were born poor, showed solidarity with the poor and died as a poor man. In resurrecting Jesus You established a new Truth. And this Truth will set us free. Amen
Jesus answered, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18: 37